Sports doping watchdog says three Asian nations ‘fail to comply’

FILE PHOTO A woman walks into the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 9, 2015. REUTERS / Christinne Muschi / File Photo

The World Anti-Doping Agency has stated that the national anti-doping bodies of North Korea, Thailand and Indonesia are “non-compliant,” meaning that those countries cannot obtain the right to host major international sporting events.

Montreal-based WADA said the sanctions were “effective immediately.”

In the cases of North Korea and Indonesia, WADA said in a statement Thursday that it was due to “non-conformities in the implementation of an effective (drug) testing program.”

Among the consequences, the three Asian countries “cannot receive the right to host regional, continental or world championships” for the duration of the suspension, WADA added.

Their flags are also not allowed to fly at any of these events, excluding the Olympics and Paralympics, but that doesn’t stop their athletes from competing.

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